Saturday, May 21, 2016

Water from my Heart

Water from my Heart by Charles Martin is the book I read this week instead of sewing, sleeping, and gardening.  Charlie Finn is living an easy life in Bimini when everything changes.  He is catapulted into a situation where he wants to help his good friend's son, but it isn't easy.  Along the way, Charlie ends up in Nicaragua where things from his past show up in the lives of people he has begun to care for.  This story of love and redemption is worth reading if you can put up with a somewhat lengthy introduction.  There are plenty of themes in this book worth discussing with a friend or a group.  Like many of his other books, it would likely make a good movie as well.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


There are all kinds of things to celebrate about spring in Minnesota.

Buttercups in wet places...

 rhubarb from Dad's house,

tulips blooming,

 the butterflies have returned,

and fresh asparagus from my brother.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vivofit 2

Several weeks ago I got a Vivofit 2 through a wellness program at school.  Since I walk to and from school most days, I was curious about what kind of numbers I would get on it.  The days I do walk to and from school, I get about 12,000 steps in a day.  Right now I am at over that already, and there is still more walking on the agenda.  Do you have an step tracker?  What is your average?  

Monday, April 25, 2016

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe by Jane Cabrera is a new take on the old nursery rhyme.  The Old Woman has 10 children and 5 pets.  The story tells about her feeding them, getting them places, mending clothes, fixing furniture, and loving them.  I enjoyed the pictures and the new take of the adept and frugal Old Woman. It is simple enough to keep a preschooler's interest, but interesting enough to share with older children as well.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Plants Feed Me

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell is a book to share with preschoolers or young elementary children.  Rockwell writes and shows the different parts of plants that people eat.  Like Lois Ehlert, she labels each plant that is shown in the pictures so the reader can know exactly what it is.  This book is for beginning readers, and it is just right for a unit on vegetables or gardens. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Let's Go, Hugo!

Let's Go, Hugo! by Angela Dominguez is a picture book worth sharing with your children or students.  Hugo is a bird who lives in Paris.  He is afraid of flying, so when he meets a new friend, Lulu, who invites him to fly so he can see the Eiffel Tower, he creates excuses for why they cannot leave immediately.  He procrastinates all day and when Lulu leaves at the end of the day, Hugo wonders what will happen.  Bernard, an owl, teaches and encourages Hugo.  When Lulu returns in the morning, Hugo is ready to go.  I enjoyed the story as well as the pictures.  Dominguez' work will be something I will keep a look out for when I am browsing children's books.